fitness, health, weight watchers

I Did a Thing

So, I did a thing. I joined Weight Watchers. Amy was talking about doing a mini-reset this month, and I decided I was going to join her. And then in the back of my mind I was thinking that I will probably just undo everything I do on the reset within a week of it being over. That is pretty much what always ends up happening after I do a round of Whole 30.

I want to point out that I love Whole 30. And when I am trying to break a sugar addiction, need to get back on track, or if I am having skin or stomach issues….it is my go to! I have done it every January the past three years, and I plan to do it again this January. I am actually following some of it now, and making whole 30 meals most of the time…it is just that I don’t want to restrict myself 100% of the time. Amy is an amazing Whole 30 inspiration, and I have done all my rounds with her. She is actually a certified coach now, so if you are looking to get started with it….I highly recommend her!!! I am constantly stealing meal ideas from her. Follow her on Instagram if you aren’t already. The amount of food porn she posts is incredible. I feel like everyone should do a round of Whole 30 at least once.

The thing is, right now I am trying to make a lifestyle change. That isn’t a sustainable lifestyle for me. I like cheese burgers and beer and I want to indulge in a macaroon or cookie from time to time. It is summer and I want to take Zoe to get frozen yogurt and popsicles. I don’t want to miss out on any of those things that make life more enjoyable. I had seen variations of this quote floating around a few places lately…

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And it clicked in my mind. What the fuck am I doing wasting away this precious time?!?! Logically, I know that there are only 18 years of childhood. Duh. But when you put it like this, it makes all the difference. And Zoe might not notice this year that I am not indulging in the ice cream with her, but eventually she will. And I don’t want her going through life thinking that she cant have this or that. Or that something she really enjoys is “bad.”

That is my problem with Whole 30, paleo, keto, whatever else is out there that cuts out food groups. Everything is ok in moderation. So when you want to enjoy a cheeseburger on a Saturday, you should be able to do it without the guilt. Without you “breaking” your diet. Or eating an “off limits” food. Or at least, that is how I feel. That is what I love about Weight Watchers. I am given a set amount of points each day. I can spread those points out how I would like. I can hit or stay under them all week long and plan accordingly if I want to have fun on a Saturday and have that burger and beer. Or take my daughter for cookies at the mall. Because that is what life is about. Living!

I signed up for three months online because they were running a deal where there was no membership fee and I could get a month free, spread over the three months. I figured that was enough time to see if I like the program and if I am actually going to track my food. I am closing in on the end of my second week, and so far I am really liking it. Seeing how many points some things are that I was consuming daily was eye opening!!! Like the peanut butter coconut perfect bar is 13 points. My daily allowance is 23. Are you kidding me?!?!  It has really changed the way I think about certain foods. Also, it is making me control my portions. That is something I struggle with. On Whole 30, as long as something was approved…I would eat however much I wanted. That doesn’t work for me long term. I really need to keep myself in check!

The Freestyle plan that they offer now has 200 free foods. Meaning, they are zero points towards your daily allowance. So if you are hungry in the evening, you can grab a veggie or fruit and not go over your points. That has really helped me as well! I find myself snacking on cucumbers and frozen cherries, not chips and salsa. I am also not eating whatever Zoe leaves behind on her plate, or snacking while I cook dinner.

Here is my referral link if you want to play along! If you sign up with my link and do it for two weeks, we can each get a free month! I have already seen the scale drop a few pounds, so it has been encouraging. I have also been showing up for my workout every weekday since I have joined. Dare I say my mojo is back??

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  • Reply Carolann July 25, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I’ve done one Whole30 and that is my biggest problem with it, that it cuts out so much. I enjoyed it and I would do it again but not 365 days of the year. I know people who have been using WeightWatchers for years — it seems totally sustainable and supportive too. Good luck and it’s great to see you’re already loving it!!!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Good for you! I really hope that this works well for you. I’ve definitely thought about doing Weight Watchers because it DOES allow you to live life and not completely cut out certain foods from your life. I know from going to dietitians though that some things that are “healthy” aren’t that great for you though like bananas and grapes (lots of sugar) so I think I’d have to be a bit careful with the free points. LOL


  • Reply Laura July 25, 2018 at 11:25 am

    How could we live life without enjoying ice cream with our kids or getting a cheeseburger with our besties when there’s a new restaurant opening?? I’m really thinking about signing up for myself on this – I think it would definitely limit my snacking and make me pay more attention to those little bites of things off S’s plate that he didn’t eat.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo July 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Cant wait to see how it works for you.
    I tried it & I just couldnt get the hang of it. I know if I took advantage of the ‘free foods’ more, it would help – I struggled a lot with a lot of the recipes calling for sugar-free substitutes – which no thank you. Sugar-free products are scary as heck to me.
    But I know lots of people who has had amazing results & success with it.
    Keep us updated how it works for you!

  • Reply Brittany Pines July 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Good luck! Weight Watchers sounds more realistic than many programs, exactly for the reasons you describe. I’m a big believer in moderation, in general, and WW seems to go along with that.

  • Reply Sierra July 25, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I am really proud of you! It’s all about finding balance and what works best for you to achieve the results you want. I’ve had co-works do weight watchers together and they saw great results. After a few weeks into it they said the same thing, it really opens your eyes to how you view certain foods. I think that every mother should enjoy those amazing summers with their children and feel good doing it. I can’t wait to hear more about your journey with it! Sierra Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Kay R. July 25, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so proud of you. While I follow a low carb diet right now, I do agree with you – you need to induge sometimes. I will indulge when I need to but truth be told lots of carbs don’t agree with me because of PCOS and therefore its suggested that I eat largely low carb for life. That said…. I wish I could do just this and when I have kids you sure bet Ill indulge in ice-cream with them.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky July 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    GIRL YOU CAN DO IT! i’m also of the same mindset now. before i was on a mission to lose the weight and i did but now i’m all about staying active, being healthy overall but indulging guilt free when i want.

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston July 25, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    That is so awesome! I think you’ll find that this program is really going to work for you and what you’re looking for at this time in your life!! You have to do what fits your lifestyle and I think this will be it! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen July 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Awesome! I like to stick to my little to no carb lifestyle and indulge every now and then. Sounds a lot like this. Wishing you so much luck on your journey!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders July 25, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    That’s awesome! I signed up for Weight Watchers and few years ago and it really opened up my eyes to how much I was snacking and how much a portion actually is. If you haven’t tried Skinnytaste before, she has some great recipes, and they’re all Weight Watchers friendly, along with the designated portion size. So it makes it a lot easier to portion everything out.

  • Reply Andrea Nine July 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Getting your mojo back is reason enough to forge ahead! So proud of you and WW is a proven winning program. You get to enjoy life but be accountable. WIN WIN. Proud of you!

  • Reply Kate July 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I feel exactly the same way about all the diets that eliminate whole food groups, I just can’t. I also believe in moderation, which I need to reel in lately. We should all enjoy a cheeseburger from time to time, adult bevvies, and ice cream! Get it girl! <3

  • Reply Heather July 26, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Good for you!!! excited to hear how it goes for you!!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs July 26, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I’m so proud of you!!

  • Reply Danielle July 26, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Good for you. And thank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to see how it goes!

  • Reply SMD July 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Good for you! I am not a cutter outer so I get where you are coming from. Sustainable is the way to go, and that looks different for everyone.

  • Reply Lauren July 26, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    You know, I’ve been thinking that I need to get back on the Weight Watchers train, but I’ve been nervous because I’m still breastfeeding. However, I just read that I would just need to adjust my points, so I think I’ll be starting up again in the next week or two. And I’ll use your referral link!

  • Reply Emelia July 30, 2018 at 9:04 am

    This is amazing Nadine- go girl! I’ve had several friends use WW and swear by it. I’m excited to hear about your progress and success!

  • Reply Carly July 31, 2018 at 7:43 am

    This is awesome and I’m so excited for you! One of my friends did WW a few times in college and really enjoyed it because of the flexibility of it! You might already know this but I always notice how the Skinnytaste recipes include WW points– and those are always my favorite recipes.

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis August 4, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Go you! Yes portion control is difficult but I know Weight Watchers keeps you accountable with their point system. Hope you’re feeling happier and healthier. xo

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